General Owen was the officer in charge of Whiskey Outpost during the campaign in the Klendathu system. Whilst in command of the outpost on the Planet P of which the troopers stationed there believed was clear of Arachnids.
During this assignment, the Arachnids burrowed a hole under the outpost cafeteria slaughtering most of the outpost personnel. General Owen, in fear, hid himself in a locker near the radio station and witnessed Farley, one of his troopers being captured and forced to send a distress call before the Brain Bug sucked his brains out. It was in this locker he was to remain until the Roughnecks reached the base in response to the distress call. The Roughnecks, upon hearing banging, opened the locker and found General Owen half mad from the ordeal. The General initially was ecstatic with joy believing the Roughnecks to be a rescue party with a dropship. He soon discovered this not to be true as they were there to investigate the distress call; not a rescue mission.
The base was then attacked by hordes of Warrior Bugs supported by Tanker Bugs and Hoppers. During this attack, General Owen was still crazed and merely drops to his knees and pleads to be killed. In the middle of the attack, a Hopper Bug was killed and fell to the ground where the general was kneeling, hitting and killing him.